China GRABBING American Farmland

There’s an old saying that we should invest in land because there’s a limited amount of it, so it won’t lose its value.  But when it comes to farmland in the United States, there could be a more pressing reason to invest these days – national security.  China has become one of the biggest players in American agriculture. In the decade ending in January 2020, the Chinese snapped up 192,000 acres of America’s 900 million acres of farmland.  That may not sound like much, but some experts say China’s influence is much larger but concealed by having American straw owners on some of its properties and taking advantage of our lack of stringent reporting requirements and enforcement on others. What we do know is China bought fewer than 10 farms annually before 2008, then 12–25 each year fr …

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